Give Thanks!

It’s not like me to step off the grid completely, even at our cabin, but this past week I did. I even stayed up there by myself with Bowie for two nights — a first! I thought about my family, my life today, and my intentions for tomorrow. No Black Friday shopping! Though I did happily do some some Shop Local Saturday shopping in Keene. I’m sure you’ve been bombarded by both other bloggers and company emails. I don’t think you need me adding to the din. If you did get some holiday shopping or decorating done, I say good for you.

THANKFUL! For my family, from my husband who juggles it all and provides so much for us all. For me three sons, who are now men of 25, 23 and 22. And for my two sisters and their husbands and children — my nieces and nephews. And for Bowie, our little furry guy who brings so much joy. And mischief.

THANKFUL for the feast we prepared together and shared together. It was a lot of work, as so many of you know, but also a lot of fun.

THANKFUL! For leftovers!! From deep dish apple pie that tastes better Day 2. Or Day 3. And when you tell your husband to buy 5 pounds of mushrooms (by mistake!), and he makes delicious mushroom, potato and leek soup. And when reality sets in and you realize you haven’t weighed yourself in 9 days. And done nothing but eat. And drink wine. And not work out. Yikes! I am going hardcore starting tomorrow. Christmas, and Christmas cookies, are coming!

THANKFUL! For clothes I’ve purchased and truly love. And that are now on sale! Sharing just a few options with you. Hope they inspire!

Puffer: (JW Anderson for Uniqlo, sold old) but love this vest and this jacket

Hat: (old, Kate Spade) but super cute here and here ( I know…not on sale…but…)

Sweater: (Ann Taylor and my nod to red, this season’s hottest color and 50% off with code BESTMONDAY) cute here and here, too

Jeans: (Madewell, sold out) but love their jeans and these and these are on sale with code DONTSTRESS

Boots: (Stuart Weitzman, old) but buying these at 40% off!

Photos by MP Allegaert & April Cross

 

Leopard Love!

This fashion cat can never get enough of animal prints and embellishments, especially leopard. For me it’s really a neutral, albeit one that can take a tame outfit to wilder territory. For this look, I doubled down on the leopard with two of my new wardrobe loves — this adorable cat-eared hat and tailored jacket. Both are oh-so-cozy. Throw in a favorite pair of OTK boots, and you’re ready to take a walk on the wild side!

When it comes to leopard, my love knows no bounds. I also have my eye on some new block heel booties, as well as a stunning (and expensive) belt. We shall see. In the meantime…this outfit. I got to test drive the jacket at a recent shoot. It was part of the production wardrobe and after a couple of early morning hours on location on the streets of Brooklyn, I was pretty well frozen. Luckily our stylist is a doll and let me borrow this jacket. If I could have kept it I would! So I did the next best thing…and bought it on sale! With its fitted silhouette and lapel collar it’s a classic I’ll be happy to cuddle up in year after year.

Even though I’m a “dog person,” I could not resist this hat! How cute are the ears. Honestly, it made people smile and compliment me on it all day. It’s warm without being heavy, and perhaps best of all, did NOT give me hat hair. It’s actually so cute I’d wear it on a “bad hair” day and just keep it on. Definitely a mood elevator.

For the rest of my look, I went with slightly distressed, high-waisted skinnies and a dark floral popover blouse with smocked detailing that I’m also pretty obsessed with. While it dressed up my jeans (perfect for tucking into boots), it would also look great with a black leather skirt or black velvet jeans. I’m thinking it has to go to at least one holiday party! My OTK boots are not new and were definitely an investment a few years back, but they are so sleek, so flattering, so still in style, and so comfortable I could almost wear them every day. For a winter date night, I’d pair them with black tights and an LBD. The floral embroidery on this fun black bag was the perfect nod to my top. Not matchy-matchy, more a complimentary pop of color and pattern.

So what about you? Are you going to unleash your inner leopard?? Let me know!

Coat: (Aqua, 30% off!) but LOVE this and this ( a SUPER deal at under $40)

Hat: (Kate Spade) so cute here and here, too

Top: (Ann Taylor) other great options here (cheetah!) and here

Jeans: (Madewell, at 5′ 9″ I bought Tall) similar here (want!) and here

Boots: (old, Stuart Weitzman) For me SW OTK boots are worth every penny and then some. You will have them (and love them!) for years. I cannot recommend these boots highly enough. New versions here, here and here. (Lots of color options. And yes, I will be adding a new pair this year!)

Bag: (Zara, can also be worn as a crossbody) and as usual Zara killing it with this, this, this (dead ringer for designer!) and this (3 in 1!) (Stop me!)

Photos by Chris Allegaert

 

Over 50 & OTK Boots

img_0186Over 50 and Over-The-Knee Boots? Yes, you can! The OTK Boot has become an accessory that should find its place into every wardrobe — no matter your personal style or age. Since the trend took hold, I’ve added 4 pairs to my wardrobe. My oldest pair is up at our cabin, while the other 3 are in regular rotation in my fall/winter JC/NYC wardrobe. All are Stuart Weitzman, who’s the King of the OTK Boot as far as I’m concerned. While his boots (and shoes) are not cheap, they truly are investment dressing. If well maintained with water/stain protector and professional cleaning and repair, you will have them for many (many!) years to come.